Today’s Solutions: November 29, 2021

Global Development

In an increasingly globalized world, international development efforts aim to improve living conditions, equity, and human rights around the world. Our global development section tracks this globalization and reports on specific equitable and sustainable development initiatives.

Costa Rica isn’t letting Covid stand in the way of sustainable progress

One small Central American country is making big moves when it comes to combating climate change. Famous for its environmental policy, Costa Rica is making headway against the destruction of its fragile habitats even in the face of budget cuts and setbacks due to the pandemic. Costa Rica is Read More...

Greece creates climate crisis ministry in the wake of summer fires

Following a summer of devastating fires and record temperatures, Greece’s government has created a new ministry to address the impact and risks of climate change. Led by former European Union commissioner Christos Stylianides, the ministry will be in charge of ​​firefighting, disaster relief, Read More...

Community-level big data offers a clearer picture of disaster resiliency

Hurricane Ida has demonstrated once again how chaotic the days after a natural disaster can be. Relief organizations are often on the ground right away, but determining the extent of damage and displacement can take time, delaying the delivery of essential supplies. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Read More...

Leaded gasoline has officially been globally discontinued

The health effects of leaded fuel were first questioned in 1924 when five workers died at a Standard Oil refinery, but despite concerns, the lead continued to be added to gasoline everywhere until the 1970s. Today, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has officially announced that leaded fuel has Read More...

Arizona abolishes peremptory challenges to improve juror diversity

Arizona’s state Supreme Court has announced a policy change to improve juror diversity and reduce racial bias in the legal system. The state will eliminate peremptory challenges, the practice that allows lawyers to remove jurors from a case without justification. In both criminal and civil Read More...

Policy choices tied to lower poverty rates in 2021

We’ve written about the impact of stimulus checks during the pandemic, but the US also responded with additional measures like raising food stamps benefits, barring eviction, and offering financial support to small businesses. It looks like this policy choice paid off; poverty in 2021 is Read More...

A list of charities offering support and aid in Afghanistan

Watching the unrest and crisis in Afghanistan unfold this week has been devastating and leaves many of us asking, what can I do? These are some organizations offering direct aid and relief and now accepting donations and volunteers. International Rescue Committee This organization has been Read More...

6 Reputable organizations providing direct relief to Haiti

Haiti experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Sunday resulting in the death of more than 1200 people and broad infrastructure damage. Multiple nonprofits have mobilized to provide aid, so we gathered a list of a few reputable organizations you can donate to in order to support relief Read More...

Naomi Osaka to donate tournament winnings to earthquake relief

Following a devastating earthquake in Haiti on Sunday, tennis star Naomi Osaka has announced that she will donate the prize winnings from her next tournament to fund relief efforts in the country. She began playing in the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday. Osaka, who is of Read More...

This sanitary pad washing kit helps refugees tackle period poverty

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 82.4 million forcibly displaced people around the world, about 6 million of which live in refugee camps. Women make up half of these populations, yet access to period products in these environments remains a major Read More...